Iberdrola, through its British subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables (SPR), has received consent from the Scottish Government to construct Kilgallioch wind farm in Scotland.
The project will have an operational capacity of up to 288 MW and will become SPR’s second largest onshore wind project, behind the 539MW Whitelee Windfarm. Comprising a maximum 96 turbines, the Kilgallioch wind farm will see a total investment of over €465mn.
SPR hopes to start construction on the project south of Barhill, Ayrshire county (Scotland), in late 2014, or early 2015, with a view to completion within 24 months. When commissioned, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to meet the annual demands of more than 150,000 homes and prevent the emission to the atmosphere of 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, the company says.
Up to 250 construction jobs will be created. “During Kilgallioch’s 25 year operational life there will be opportunities for employment in turbine maintenance and opportunities for local companies to gain new business by providing a wide range of services,” says the firm.